Yahoo Fires David Chalian

Yahoo News terminated its Washington bureau chief, David Chalian, after he was caught on a hot mike during an online webcast this morning saying that Mitt and Ann Romney were “happy to have a party” while black people suffered during Hurricane Isaac.

The conservative blog Newsbusters posted audio of Chalian’s comment, which immediate drew the ire of conservative media already frustrated by how the convention has been covered.

Yahoo issued a statement: “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo! He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

Chalian was heard on the hot mike saying of the Romneys, “They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

Also generating blowback is Juan Williams, who on Tuesday night following Ann Romney’s speech called her a “corporate wife” and said he didn’t find her appeal to working moms credible.

At a press area that Google has set up in the Tampa Convention Center, a group of conservative supporters of Romney’s even huddled in a circle and could be heard strategizing on how to counter, via social media, what one called media “meltdowns.”

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